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Old 10-22-2012, 06:57 AM   #15
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LOL
Every time I bought a coach I tried to be slow and precise
In the end you are so over whelmed it is a crap shoot
It takes weeks to learn a new coach ......
the list is fine and all but good luck with that ... it would take a team to work through that list
Having purchased two coaches one used one new I agree with szy! Too much going on to absorb everything. Focus on the priority issues, starting, stopping, lights, jacks, etc. The best way IMHO is make a reservation for three to five days at a nearby campground, live in the coach for this time period, carefully going over your punch list. Believe me dealers will make a fair attempt to cover all bases but it just ain't going to happen! Find your issues, there will be a list, take back to the dealer who is just down the road, leave the coach with a copy of your concerns, return and go over each one then go your way. Warning, things will still go wrong the ensuing months. Most likely you will be back. Hey, have fun.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:52 AM   #16
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Check for damage!

Many people walked through the vehicle during and after manufacturing. The vehicle was transported from point of manufacture to the dealership. Accidents happen.

I experienced a first recently as a consumer. I got home with my new camera, tore off the shrink-wrap, opened the box, took out the manual, cables, charger, packaging and...no camera. After getting over my initial surprise, I pictured myself going back to the store and saying "No, really, there was no $200 camera in this box". Would I believe me? Much to my relief, it turned out that the store manager had removed all the cameras due to shoplifting concerns, re-shrink-wrapped the boxes and neglected to attach a sticker or tell the cashiers. She was embarrassed and even gave me a 20% discount for having to drive back 40 miles to get the camera.

If you don't want to be in a similar situation, be sure to check carefully for dings and breakage inside and out before you drive it off the lot.
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Old 10-22-2012, 09:29 AM   #17
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Check for damage!

Many people walked through the vehicle during and after manufacturing. The vehicle was transported from point of manufacture to the dealership. Accidents happen.

I experienced a first recently as a consumer. I got home with my new camera, tore off the shrink-wrap, opened the box, took out the manual, cables, charger, packaging and...no camera. After getting over my initial surprise, I pictured myself going back to the store and saying "No, really, there was no $200 camera in this box". Would I believe me? Much to my relief, it turned out that the store manager had removed all the cameras due to shoplifting concerns, re-shrink-wrapped the boxes and neglected to attach a sticker or tell the cashiers. She was embarrassed and even gave me a 20% discount for having to drive back 40 miles to get the camera.

If you don't want to be in a similar situation, be sure to check carefully for dings and breakage inside and out before you drive it off the lot.
Funny! Who would have thought?
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:35 PM   #18
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Great List

On my last new unit the dealership allocated 45 minutes for the pdi and 15 minutes to sign the papers. 4 1/2 hours later, after some tweaking by the dealership, we took the rig home. And it was only a 5th wheeler.

We use a check list now when we go look at MH's. Helpful ideas on what questions to ask.
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:48 PM   #19
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Wow, your dealer 'allowed 45 minutes'

That big of him! Find a different dealer.
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Old 10-23-2012, 01:56 AM   #20
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Jerry,
One great resource I used before buying my coach was a membership to RVCG based out of Quilcene, Washington.
I purchased the data base that includes ratings and prices.
I thing this is their site rvcg.org
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Old 10-23-2012, 04:34 AM   #21
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Consider giving each inspection item a priority level. Then you will be sure to do the most important checks first. The rest can be done at home or at the campground.

Focus on the A and B items at the dealership. The C's can be handled at a subsequent maintenance visit.

Priority Level

A) Must be corrected for safe operation of the vehicle. (e.g. brakes, propane leak, driver controls)

B) Must be done by dealer/factory. (e.g. Oil leak, slide operation, wheel alignment, flooring repair/replacement)

C) Could be done by owner. (e.g. Tighten screws, replace bulb, glue trim, lubricate squeaks)
Great suggestion, thanks.

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Thanks for all the great suggestions. Inspection completed and coach is now home.
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We spent two days on the PDI, developing a punch-list. Spent another two days at the dealer campground "using" the MH & came up with another list.
All items were fixed before we left.
Since then we've been on two short trips and now have another list for a dealer visit.
Point is; it does take time to get things right.
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Old 10-24-2012, 07:24 AM   #24
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I know of a Pre Buy Inspection Company here in Pennsylvania. They travel and check everything out for you. Price is fair depending on where they travel too. Don't know if I can post there info on here or not anybody interested can pm me?Does anyone know of any other company's that do this and what the charge is?
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. Inspection completed and coach is now home.
Jerry,

Post some pics! What color did you get?

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Great checklist! To your documentation section I would add a bullet to check that all required chassis and coach scheduled maintenance is current. These items occur with time, not just mileage, and can come due while the coach sits on the dealers lot. Make sure the dealer performs the maintenance before delivery or you'll be in for a big surprise on your first service visit - especially on a diesel coach.
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